Earth, Empire and Sacred Text - Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation - David L. Johnston

Earth, Empire and Sacred Text - Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation - David L. Johnston

Chapter 9 TAFSIR OF Q. 2:30: POSTMODERN PERIOD

Earth, Empire and Sacred Text - Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation - David L. Johnston

David L. Johnston [+-]
Saint Joseph’s University
David L. Johnston is Visiting Scholar at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania and an adjunct lecturer at the Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. He lived for fifteen years in Algeria, Egypt and the West Bank, where he served as a pastor and teacher. He then completed his PhD work at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California) in theology and Islamic Studies; continued his research and taught part-time at the Religious Studies Department at Yale University. His published articles and essays have mostly focused on the intersection of theology and law in contemporary Islam (Islamochristiana, Islamic Law and Society, The Maghreb Review, Die Welt des Islams and Journal of the American Academy of Religion). His blogs can be found on his website, www.humantrustees.org

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Whereas a sharp distinction has often been drawn between Islamic “reformism” and “fundamentalism,” in this chapter I seek to emphasize the continuity of motivations and objectives (if not strategies) on the part of Muslim thinkers and activists, starting with Banna, Sayyid Qutb, the chief ideologue of his movement in the two decades following Banna’s assassination (1949), the South-Asian scholar/activist al-Mawdudi, two Palestinian leaders of Hamas, as well as current writers who might be labeled “progressives” or “liberals,” moving as they do toward a post- modern epistemology. As I look at their exegesis of Q. 2:30, it appears that they all share a renewed sense of human dignity that increasingly prizes the values of human rights and democracy. 

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Johnston, David L.. Chapter 9 TAFSIR OF Q. 2:30: POSTMODERN PERIOD. Earth, Empire and Sacred Text - Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 352 - 403 Apr 2010. ISBN 9781781790359. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19305. Date accessed: 20 Sep 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19305. Apr 2010

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